calendar of events in 2013

Past events



IBC 2013



This year DigiTAG was present on the DVB stand 1.D81

Mr Richard Lindsay-Davies, Director General of Digital TV Group and member of DigiTAG, chaired the conference session on the Future of Broadcast Spectrum, 'Money from thin air? The Future of Broadcast Spectrum'.


Broadcast Spectrum


Other conference sessions that were held on DTT & Spectrum

12 September
07:45 – 09:15 Developments in Terrestrial Broadcast - Improving Spectral Efficiency

15 September
13:00 – 14:30 Spectrum – Maximising Benefit Minimising Disruption

14:30 – 16:00 New Concepts & Competition for Terrestrial Broadcast - Produced in Association with DVB

16 September
13:30 – 15:00 Spectrum Needs for Wireless Microphones and Cameras in Broadcast Content Production - Will a Lack of Spectrum in the Future Kill Content Production? - An APWPT Session

17:30 – 19:30 The Future of DVB-T in Germany


The European Spectrum Management Conference
24 - 26 June 2013 in Brussels


For the 8th consecutive year, The European Spectrum Management Conference took place in Brussels and brought together top level speakers and delegates from throughout the European and global spectrum communities.

With more than 250 participants in 2012, the European Spectrum Management Conference has an established reputation as the leading event of the year for spectrum professionals throughout the region and beyond. As in previous years, the 2013 conference brought together representatives from all the major stakeholders for a detailed and interactive discussion on key issues and developments relating to spectrum management policy in Europe.

Speakers included:

- Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
- Arijandas Sliupas, Vice Minister for Transport and Communications, Government of the Republic of Lithuania
- Gilles Brégant, Chair, RSPG and Director General, l'Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR)
- Andreas Geiss, Deputy Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission
- Luis Lucatero, Chief of Regulatory Policy, Cofetel, Mexico
- Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Communications Policy, Intel Corporation
- Nicholas Blades, Chief Regulatory Officer, Telefónica Europe
- Joaquin Restrepo, Head, Outreach and Publication Services Division, Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), ITU
- Andy Hudson, Group Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone
- Rüdiger Hahn, Head of Department - Legal Aspects of Telecommunications Regulation, Frequency Regulation, BNetzA
- Joe Butler, Director of Spectrum technology, Ofcom U.K.

Sessions at the event this year included:

- Developing a European Strategy for the 700Mhz band
- Liberalisation and a market based approach for spectrum allocation and management – Has it worked?
- The Wireless Communication Action Plan – a blueprint to enable the next generation of mobile networks?
- Licence Renewals and Pricing - What should be done? Renew or take away and re-auction?
- Spectrum Inventory - To what extent can it be expected to increase efficiency?
- Network Sharing - Competition vs Efficiency
- Preparing for WRC-15: Key Spectrum Issues
- Finding more higher frequency spectrum for the next generation of wireless broadband, small cells and traffic offloading
- Whitespace and beyond - Towards a common framework for spectrum sharing in Europe

For more information, please visit: www.spectrummanagement.eu




Broadcasting reaches…


What ?
Short keynote presentations followed by a moderated discussion

Lieven Vermaele, EBU Technical Director and President of DigiTAG will present the new DigiTAG and explain why broadcasting, which reaches all communities and societies, will remain important in the future.
Anthony Whelan, the new Head of Spectrum Unit of the European Commission, will share his views on the future of spectrum and the issues that need to be addressed by the broadcasting industry.

When ?
Thursday 6 june 2013, 12.30 – 14.00 over lunch (sandwich buffet)

Where ?
EBU Brussels office, 56 avenue des Arts, 1000 Brussels

The discussion on the future of spectrum continues amid increased pressure on traditional delivery channels. Broadcasting remains hugely important as it delivers content to a large number of households in Europe. The broadcast industry must be clear in planning future uses for spectrum to allow the industry to grow and develop in line with other digital media.

DigiTAG is a global organization bringing together broadcasters, manufacturers and network operators, promoting spectrum for broadcasting and bringing it back on the agenda of governments and administrations.

After meeting the broadcast industry in early 2013, Vice-President Kroes announced that a CEO-level group would be set up to look at the future of content delivery. This event will look at the Commission’s spectrum policy plans and the future of broadcasting as part of the Digital Agenda. It will also cover Broadcasting reaches... an initiative addressing the following questions:

- Where is broadcasting on the media agenda?
- Which industries support broadcasting today?
- Why does broadcasting remain important in today's media landscape?
- Whom does broadcasting reach?


Broadcasting reaches out... by Lieven Vermaele, DigiTAG President/Chairman


ABU, DBS - 6 March 2013, Kuala Lumpur


DigiTAG held a workshop at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to promote digital TV broadcasting highlighting the need to protect spectrum for broadcasters.

Full details of this event are given in the announcement and the press release:


Announcement   Press Release

Presentations of this conference are available here (members only).

  CERD Conference


9th Central European Radiocommunications Days (CERD) 

21st February 2013

Website: http://www.intenziva.sk/?intenziva=3&akcia=61&lang=en

Location: Hotel Devin a.s., Riečna 4, 811 02 Bratislava I, Slovensko,  http://www.hoteldevin.sk/en/contact/7
The 9th CERD event was held in Bratislava on 21st February 2013. This years programme included the following keynotes speakers:
-  Fabio Leite, Deputy Director, Radiocommunication Bureau,
   International Telecommunication Union
- Andrew Stirling, Managing Director, Larkhill Consultancy,
   United Kingdom
- Régis Saint-Girons, CEO, httv, France
The event programme covered a variety of topics including ITU spectrum development and usage, the possibility of exploiting white spaces for TV broadcasting and the current status of Hybrid TV. DigiTAG attended this conference and had a speaking slot.


IBC 2012


Since 1996 when it was launched at IBC in Amsterdam, DigiTAG has been instrumental in triggering discussion and debate on many hot topics of digital terrestrial television distribution.

This year was no exception and the specialist session on Monday 10 September 2012 at the IBC Conference addressed the issues of 'The Emerging Spectrum Landscape for Broadcast and Mobile'.



Workshop on DVB-T2 expansion in Europe and CIS,
Digital Dividend and Connected TV


This very successful workshop organized by DigiTAG in association with ORS, was held at the Arium in the ORS premises in Vienna on 8-9 May 2012. 85 attendees from a total of 25 countries participated in two days full of excellent presentations, stimulatingg question and answer sessions, and opportunities for more informal networking with some of the top European experts in digital terrestrial television technology.

Additional information on the workshop as well as photos taken during the event can be found on the ORS Website at: http://www.ors.at/workshop/

Speakers' presentations are now available (members' area of the website).